Kate and I were babysitting from Thursday through Saturday afternoon. It was exhausting but fun. We have two grandchildren – Owen, 2 years 8 months, and Antonia, aged 5 months. They are very fun but are very active.

The kids were very good and we had a blast looking after them (my son and his wife still have weddings to attend and had a wedding Friday night, so they went down Thursday night for the pre-wedding festivities and came back Saturday afternoon). We were happy to stay with the kids and had lots of fun, but we’re really tired now. One child was exhausting enough – how do they do it with two, even with one that’s not really mobile yet? And what happens once she starts moving about on her own? I guess we’ll just have to find out.

The podcast continues with a set from these artists: David Bowie, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Pretty Things, Elvis Costello, the Blasters, Elmore James, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed, the Chordettes, the Association, the Everly Brothers, the Beach Boys, the Mamas and the Papas, Ibibio Sound Machine, Seratones, Nilfer Yanya, and the Weather Station.

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Back Again

Second straight week of posting. Must be some sort of record. I remember a time… seriously when I was in high school and college I was a very good letter writer. I had a lot of friends that I corresponded with on a regular basis. Sometimes it was just a card with a humorous sentiment, but sometimes it was pages and pages of what I’m sure was a lot of nonsense. I’ve gotten out of that habit, and the thought of sending something now freezes me up.

If I did regular correspondence now it’d have to be typed on the computer and printed out. My handwriting, never good to begin with, has gotten much worse over the years. I can barely make out what I wrote down sometimes when I take notes. I received a nice letter a couple of weeks ago and I know I should respond, but… I’ll have to find a way to get back into the habit.

In the meantime, my updated mix tapes that I used to mail to friends continue as my podcast. This week I have songs from 10,000 Maniacs, Kitchens of Distinction, Gorillaz, Psychedelic Furs, Johnny Horton, Dwight Yoakam, Buck Owens, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Townes Van Zandt, Nick Drake, Rickie Lee Jones, Pete Townshend, Bonnie Raitt, and Fruit Bats.

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A Brand New Me

I’m back. Am I back? I’ve been off since November 30, and truthfully, I haven’t really missed putting together a playlist for a new podcast. Every once in a while I’ll hear a song and say that it would be good on the pod, but it’s been fleeting.

So why now? Don’t know – I just felt like putting something together, and here we are. I did want to highlight my cousin Vicki, who put out an incredible album. Seriously – she’s an amazing singer and the way she handles the tunes on the new album are incredible. Please check her out. – she’s Vicki Burns. She’s on Bandcamp, and I believe that she’s on the streaming platforms as well (definitely on Tidal). Her new album is called Lotus Blossom Days.

So I don’t know how often I’ll do this, but I’ll do a couple of podcasts anyway (I have this one and am re-doing the one I quit on early this year), then we’ll see. haven’t missed the time off Facebook, either.

So please, listen to these great female vocalists, including Vicki Burns, Maria Muldaur, Ella Fitzgerald, Amanda Shires, Hollie Cook, Melody Gardot, Bonnie Raitt, Tami Neilson, Joni Mitchell, Fairport Convention, and Dusty Springfield.

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